Every new parent looks forward to the birth of a healthy child, but sometimes parents are faced with the heartbreaking news that their newborn has been diagnosed with a congenital disability, such as Spina Bifida.
What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida is one of the most common forms of congenital disability. Spina Bifida means “split spine”, and it is a birth defect that occurs when the infant’s spine and spinal cord are not completely formed. The unborn child’s neural tube does not develop properly during pregnancy, and as a result, the baby experiences complications with their vertebrae and spinal cord.
What Causes Spina Bifida?
Although the causes of Spina Bifida are unknown, some research indicates that a vitamin deficiency, low folic acid intake, and some prescription medications could be contributing factors.
If You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim
When there are concerns that a baby’s birth defect was missed by a physician or medical professionals failed to treat the condition, or the mother’s doctors did not warn her of the vitamin deficiencies or medications that might contribute to Spina Bifida, call the Medical Malpractice department at Burg Simpson now.
If you believe that there was negligence on the part of your physician, the medical malpractice attorneys at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine may be able to help. We carefully investigate all aspects of a birth injury claim and prepare every case as if we were going to trial. Due to our comprehensive approach, we have established a track record of success as one of the leading law firms in the nation. The firm has obtained over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements, including tens of millions for birth injury cases. We have over four decades of experience handling medical malpractice claims, and birth injury is an area in which we specialize.
Types of Spina Bifida
There are three types of spina bifida:
- Spina Bifida Occulta
These three types of spina bifida range in severity from harmless and undetectable until testing is performed later in life, to an uncovered spinal cord that protrudes through an opening on the back.
How Serious is Spina Bifida?
The effects of Spina Bifida create complications that cause physical disabilities. The severity of the defect is based on a wide range of factors that are unique to each individual. Issues include mobility issues due to muscle weakness, orthopedic problems such as scoliosis, and problems with bowels and bladder.
Fatalities from Spina Bifida are also possible when there is damage to the brain. When there are infections in the tissues surrounding the brain, it is also possible for the baby to contract meningitis. Meningitis a life-threatening condition that can occur especially when the child has Myelomeningocele Spina Bifida.
Is There a Cure for Spina Bifida?
While there is still no cure for Spina Bifida, there are treatments that can increase the quality of life for those diagnosed with the most severe forms. If the diagnosis of Spina Bifida is made timely, treatments can be offered during the prenatal time period to moms and babies who meet certain criteria. If the diagnosis is not made in time, some treatment options are lost.
Burg Simpson Handles Birth Injury Cases
Time is of the essence in these cases because statutes of limitation on birth injury cases require immediate action. Obtaining compensation from those whose negligence caused your child’s condition will help you to pay for your child’s medical bills and the ongoing therapies your child needs to thrive.
If You Decide to File a Spina Bifida Lawsuit
If your newborn was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, it is essential to retain an experienced attorney. The Spina Bifida lawyers at Burg Simpson understand the extent of your baby’s special needs now and the needs that must be addressed as your child grows to adulthood.
Our birth injury lawyers also work with skilled experts that include physicians, nurses, and medical professionals who have many years of experience with congenital disabilities and can provide professional insight into the circumstances of your case.
If your child has been diagnosed with Spina Bifida, and you believe the condition is due to the negligence of a physician, let our medical malpractice team at Burg Simpson help you and your child by obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Medical Malpractice Team at Burg Simpson Now